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Intensive Ephemera: The Catholick Gamesters and the Visual Culture of News in Restoration London

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The Gamesters was certainly conceived as a vehicle for action, and this chapter suggests that when understood as satires, rather than as another aspect of news, the true force of visual media within the public sphere is understood. Following Andrew Marvell's pamphlet, An Account of the Growth of Popery and Arbitrary Government (1677), eve-of-Parliament blasts were prevalent in political culture. The chapter suggests that satire accorded them added moral import. This print was an intensive form of ephemera, produced for a decisive moment and with a specific intention: to usher Parliament into a corrective course of action that would rid England of its greatest vice-Popery. In Citt and Bumpkin, L'Estrange satirized the Whig's hyperbolic sense of injustice that the plotters were spending their time on a jolly whilst the plot unfolded and they remained untried.

Keywords: Andrew Marvell; Catholick Gamesters; graphic satires; intensive ephemerality; L'Estrange



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